American League Players Who Retired in 1943

The baseball torch is passed from season to season and in some cases, from game to game. In 1911, Cy Young pitched his final Major League game, lost 1-0, and ended the final season of his career with a losing record of 7-9 and an ERA of 3.77. Young's opponent that particular day was a first-year pitcher named Grover Alexander who received the win, added to his league leading shutout total, and went on to begin his career with a winning record of 28-13 and an ERA of 2.57.

Bob Gibson, who was easily one of the most intense competitors of all time, gave up a grand slam to the last Major League hitter he faced, Pete LaCock of the Chicago Cubs. Fifteen years passed and when the two faced off during an old-timer's game, Gibson hit LaCock on his back with a fastball.

Babe Ruth summed it up when he responded to a question about retirement by saying, "A ballplayer should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill." Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive list of American League League players who hung up their spikes in 1943.

"You are George Brett and all the cheering has stopped. The music is muted, the hour is late, and they will be taking the banners down and emptying your locker any minute now. As the late Jimmy Cannon would say it, 'All your bats are broken.'" - Broadcaster Jim Murray
American League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1943

1943 AL Retirements / 1943 NL Retirements

42
07-28-1943
28
24
10-03-1943
26
2
07-05-1943
34
28
09-27-1943
33
36
05-06-1943
25
6
09-26-1943
37
48
09-29-1943
35
16
09-05-1943
27
9
06-04-1943
30
-
07-03-1943
35
14
05-31-1943
26
23
10-03-1943
27
5
09-29-1943
37
24
10-03-1943
24
24
08-28-1943
29
18, 23
09-26-1943
33
26
05-23-1943
42
7
09-28-1943
21
25
08-01-1943
19
14
07-04-1943
23
22, 29
10-02-1943
23
25
08-22-1943
21
12
09-12-1943
33
10
10-03-1943
33
-
10-03-1943
27
12
08-01-1943
32
11
09-27-1943
29
19
05-31-1943
30
36
07-05-1943
32
38
05-12-1943
25
-
09-27-1943
18
21
05-22-1943
22
29
05-09-1943
29
9
10-03-1943
30
31
05-30-1943
34
15
09-23-1943
30
22
07-22-1943
29
14
10-02-1943
27
29
07-22-1943
34
21, 29
10-03-1943
25
15
05-09-1943
29
American League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1943


Find out which players made their Major League debut in the American League during the 1943 season as this group of players bid farewell to their field's of dreams.

On July 28, 1976 , Blue Moon Odom pitched the final five innings of his Major League career. He was relieved by Francisco Barrios in the sixth inning and the two White Sox combined to pitch a 2-1 no-hitter versus the Oakland Athletics.

On September 28, 1960, broadcaster Curt Gowdy uttered, "It's got a chance. It's got a chance. And it's gone!" Those words were used to describe the final at-bat of slugger Ted Williams .

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